Everton’s need for a centre back (amongst many other things) is common knowledge and today a slightly strange link has appeared. Teamtalk.com today report that Everton are…
“plotting an ambitious Wolves raid with secret weapon to aid negotiations”.
That Wolves raid is for England international Conor Coady, the man at the heart of the black country sides impressive defence.
The “secret weapon” they are referring to is former Wolves and current Everton sporting director Kevin Thelwell. The man responsible for bringing Coady to the club in 2015, he also oversaw the transfers of other high profile Wolves stars such as Pedro Neto and now Barcelona man, Adama Traore.
This report has come seemingly out of nowhere with no other outlets reporting it. Nevertheless, it is an odd link that requires further investigation.
As they are the only outlet currently going with this story it is extremely difficult to believe. All logic points toward this being a case of smoke without fire. Conor Coady is a lifelong Liverpool fan having come through the ranks at Everton’s rivals and has three years remaining on his current deal at Wolves. Furthermore, Everton FC in its current state is no longer a step up from Wolves as it would have been only a few years ago. Whilst Wolves have become a consistent challenger for the Premier League’s Europa League spots, Everton’s consistently poor management from the top has resulted in the current relegation battle we find ourselves in. Not only would Wolves be reluctant to sell but it is unimaginable that Coady would want to sign.
The article does highlight Everton’s desperate need for a centre back. Michael Keane and Mason Holgate have simply started too many football matches for the Toffee’s this year due to Mina’s consistent injury problems and Godfrey often having to start at full back. Other targets that they have been linked to include Nottingham Forrest’s impressive Joe Worrall. Should we stay up, a change of tac, looking back to the championship for up-and-coming stars could prove fruitful once more and Worral would be an excellent start. He has been a major part of Forest’s recent rise up the Championship Table. Kevin Thelwell should be given full control over transfer’s, something Brands never was and assuming Premier League status he may just be able to inspire the rebuild that the squad is in such desperate need of.
Toffee Blues Rumour Rating:
This one isn’t happening.